After two draws in the first two group matches in the premier league, the Bundesliga club finally wanted to grab the first three points. That worked – with a spectacular performance.
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The excellent Plea (8th / 26th / 78th) with a three-pack, Christoph Kramer (17th) with a deviated shot, Ramy Bensebaini (44th) and Lars Stindl (65th) scored for the playful Borussia, who may now be dreaming of it to advance to the knockout stage for the first time.
The Bundesliga team pulled the teeth of the 2009 Uefa Cup winner at the empty Olympic Stadium in Kiev early on and kept the pressure high. Against Real Madrid and Inter Milan (2-2 each), the eleven foals had previously given up the victory. Only in 1973 at IB Vestmannaeyjar did Gladbach win higher in an away match in the European Cup (7-0).
Rose warned against the “bustling” Brazilians
Rose had warned against the “bustling” Brazilians, five of whom were part of the Ukrainians’ starting XI. “If we want to stay in the Champions League, we need a result today,” said Rose, whose team then started focused. Unlike the first two meetings, Borussia showed no respect, neither for the big stage, nor for the opponent.
Start eleven in Kiev: With this team the Gladbach team started against Donetsk. (Source: Vitalii Kliuiev / image images)
The reward soon followed: the strong-running Stefan Lainer was sent steeply to the right and served Plea lurking in the penalty area with a cross pass. Unlike on Saturday against Leipzig, when the French hit the bar from a similar position, this time he finished flat in the left corner. For the 27-year-old it was the first goal in the premier class, for Gladbach the start of a memorable half-time.
Trio returned in starting formation
As the Rose team remained active, Donetsk was irritated with aggressive pressing and had significantly more ball possession. The result was the quick 2-0. Kramer fired a fairly unplaced shot from 20 meters, but that was bent away from goalkeeper Anatolij Trubin. The Uefa judged the goal as Valery Bondar’s own goal. Like Captain Stindl and Marcus Thuram, Kramer had returned to base.
Because Gladbach did not relax and the club of billionaire Rinat Akhmetov hardly left breathing room, the third strike quickly followed. Plea completed a strong counterattack from 22 meters in the left corner. At least now the question arose as to how the Europa League semi-finalist had won 3-2 at Real Madrid last season – especially since Bensebaini was added before half time after a Hofmann corner.
Shakhtar entered the second half with three new players and now offered more resistance. Gladbach, however, remained focused, while Nico Elvedi, who recovered in time, kept the overview in the central defense alongside national player Matthias Ginter. Instead, Stindl added the fifth goal after Plea’s prep work – and Plea himself later the sixth.